Category Archives: Morals
The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.
A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.
Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.
Though it’s a horror from which Catholics may recoil, it is a fact that since 2001, the year our continuing war in Afghanistan was begun, more U.S. military personnel have committed suicide than have been killed in action in that country and Iraq combined. Apart from age and occupational groups where it has been on the rise for some time, suicide is also now the … More →
Traditional, Family, and Property, Luiz Sergio Solimeo: “I love vulgarity. Good taste is death, vulgarity is life.”These words by English fashion designer Mary Quant, who took credit for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants, reveal one of the most important, though rarely pointed out, aspects of the “fashion revolution” that started in the sixties: vulgarity.Indeed, fashions have increasingly tended toward vulgarity. It is a vulgarity … More →
The McDonalds mega-chain has topped the list of companies most apt to sponsor sexually-graphic television shows, according to the Parents Television Council. “The companies on our lists are the worst offenders in each category, and McDonalds, YUM! Brands, and Toyota Motor Sales Inc., in particular have been the top contributors to the most explicit broadcast TV shows,” Tim Winter, the pro-family group’s president, said in … More →
Normally I would not post anything from MSNBC. Nevertheless, the report is indicative of the new police tactics. Are they so ill-trained that they cannot knock on a door? They have the bullet proof vests and tear gas and gun power. Does some suspect drug dealer’s wife and children who may be in the house mean nothing? Apparently not. Enemy, in target, take him out, … More →
California Catholic Daily: Study by Lt Col. Douglas Pryer in the Mar-Apr. 2013 edition of the Military Review: At the start of 2004, when I was the commander of a military intelligence company in Baghdad, my company received five of the first Raven unmanned aerial vehicles deployed to Iraq. The Raven is a small, hand-launched reconnaissance plane that has probably never figured prominently in any discussion … More →
Just prescind from the MSNBC source which, as is obvious in the report, despises the sacked hosts for their vocal opposition to murder of the pre-born and moral depravity. Home & Garden Television quietly announced Wednesday the network “decided not to move forward” with the reality show “Flip It Forward” starring twin brothers David and Jason Benham, vocal opponents of women’s right to choose, homosexuality and no-fault … More →
Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture: In a May 5 interview broadcast by WYNC radio in New York—in which he was repeatedly identified by host Brian Lehrer as “the Pope’s theologian”—Cardinal Walter Kasper made the striking statement: “The Church is not against birth control at all.” As is his wont, the judicious Cardinal Kasper stopped short of a clear dissent from Church teaching. He left himself a bit … More →
Christianity Today: On April 12, 2014, Manny Pacquiao entered the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to fulfill what he believes is his God-given calling: to beat another man—in this case, opponent Tim Bradley—to bloody unconsciousness or exhaustion. Pacquiao met his match that night—he arrived at the post-fight press conference with 32 stitches in his left eyebrow—but a unanimous decision from the judges declared … More →
Under the oxymoronic title, Reproductive Health Law, the high court of the Philippines betrays its Catholic Culture and morals and makes it legal to frustrate God’s law for human reproduction by artificial means. Now teachers in public schools will be free to add to the moral corruption of school children with sex-ed programs. UCANews: Archbishop Socrates Villegas said: “With or without the [Supreme Court] decision it … More →
caneo.ca news: Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose title is “preacher of pontifical household,” weaved his sermon around the character of Judas Iscariot, who the Bible says betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. “Behind every evil in our society is money, or at least in part,” Cantalamessa said at the solemn service that included chanting by priests recounting the last hours of Jesus’ life. “The financial … More →
Carl Olson, Catholic World Report:Homosexual author Urvashi Vaid declared, “We have an agenda to create a society in which homosexuality is regarded as healthy, natural, and normal. To me that is the most important agenda item.” Paula Ettelbrick, former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, stated: “Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and . . . … More →
LifeSite News: A North Carolina Roman Catholic school is holding a meeting today to address the concerns of parents and students who say they are outraged about remarks a visiting nun made criticizing homosexuality, divorce, and sex outside of marriage during a recent speech. Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, who often speaks to high school and college-age students on matters of sexuality, gave an hour-long … More →
Would you like an effective weight-loss plan that actually forbids eating less and overcoming your sloth to exercise? So would many people. There isn’t one. Which brings us to HIV/AIDS… (Breitbart News) The Obama administration, along with the European Union and the Nordic countries, ganged up on poor African nations over the past two weeks at the United Nations, insisting that sexual fidelity and delaying … More →
There is a close parallel between the battle over the indissolubility of marriage now taking place in the Church and the contraception debacle of the late 1960s. Pope John XXIII started, and Pope Paul VI greatly expanded, the Papal Commission on Birth Control to examine the question of the probity of contraception in the wake of the invention of oral contraceptives. A false expectation was created, … More →